In my recent visit to India, the CBP officer gave me i94 until 05-Feb-2018; because my passport is expiring on the same date. But, my petition (i-797) is valid until 07-Aug-2018.
I have applied for the new passport and received the same.
Now to extend my stay in the USA, either I need to go out of USA and come back again to get new i-94 till 07-Aug-2018, but this is not feasible for me.
So, now the question is: Am I eligible to apply for the H1B extension or not? (Because as per my knowledge the H1B extension gets applied on or within 6 months to Current petition expiry)
**And just wanted to understand whether the 6 months duration to apply extension is dependant on petition expiry or i94 expiry?
Any help will be appreciated.